As of today, I've lost ten pounds!
How is this relevant to "My Writing Life"? Well, read on...
Background: At my day job I'm at a desk, and at night when I write or network on my laptop - no, Mum, I'm not wasting my time ;) - I do a whole bunch more sitting. I'm not coordinated or agile enough to balance on an exercise ball at my desk or walk on a treadmill while writing. I'll admit that I've never tried those things, but I think I know myself and my limitations well enough to understand that I'd injure myself within the first minute. So, over the years, well, those opportunistic pounds have moved in and set up camp.
That said, my weight has stayed about the same for years, so I figured it had hit some kind of natural equilibrium. I didn't fret about it like some people I know. I like the Dove commercials and did my best to see my body as a representation of the person I am and who I am comfortable being. Besides, if I was super skinny I wouldn't have this cleavage, would I? ;)
(Good grief, I've used the word "cleavage" a lot on this blog in the past few weeks. I never would have predicted that. LOL)
|Yes, in my minds' eye, the |
slinky red dress is dazzling. :)
Image: © Bonairina | Dreamstime.com
The Moment of Change: A few months ago, though, my hubbie and I decided we should get healthier. My decision wasn't about body image (though I suppose feeling comfy in slinky red dress would be nice). No, my decision was about making sure that as I get older my body is healthy enough to sustain me through to a pleasant old age.
We looked at all the weight loss programs out there. We didn't want to spend a bunch of money, we didn't have a lot of time to go to support meetings, and we wanted something we could integrate simply into our lives.
An App for Fat: So, I did a search on my smart phone and, what do you know, there is an app for fat. (Okay, it isn't actually called that.) The app we decided on is MyFitnessPal. Then, I discovered that a friend of my mine had used the program and recommended it. So, we downloaded the free app and were set up in a matter of minutes.
I set my profile so that, ideally, I would lose one pound a week. Nothing drastic. Just something manageable.
Hubbie and I linked our accounts so we can see one other's daily food intake and how much we exercise, and we get notifications of each other's progress. Of course he has lost more than I have (mutter, mutter, mutter), but it has kept us motivated and focused.
|I ♥ the Chocolate Fairy! |
Image : © Alnat | Dreamstime.com
But, I still say "Yay!"
(Now, on to the next 10, and the 10 after that, and so on).
Has anyone else looked at balancing the inherent sedentary nature of writing with getting healthier?